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Biamp Systems Offers AV Training Sessions Ahead of InfoComm Mexico 2014

Commercial audio leader continues partnership with InfoComm to provide AV systems training to Spanish-speaking industry professionals

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 5, 2014 – Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, will continue its partnership with InfoComm International by offering a third training session just prior to TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014. In an effort to help increase the number of trained AV professionals in Latin America, the course, held Aug. 18-20, will allow Biamp(R) partners to understand and troubleshoot the IT networks that support today’s unified AV systems. more

Extron Introduces Six Input, Four Output Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 64 C AT, an audio expansion processor with six mic/line inputs and four line outputs for remote connectivity to a Dante™-enabled DMP 128 audio system. It is used to place six mic/line sources onto a Dante audio network, and route any four Dante channels from the network to an amplifier or other destination. The AXP 64 C AT features Extron ProDSP with gain, filtering, and dynamics processing for all inputs and outputs. Four of the inputs also include AEC, 48 volt phantom power, and control ports. FlexInputs offer the additional capability to process Dante channels in place of the first four local inputs. A single Ethernet cable from one AXP 64 C AT, or several linked units, to a central equipment rack greatly reduces the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each endpoint. more

Catalyst AV Network Member Custom Plus Distributing San Jose Hosts August 19th Grand Opening Event

Dealers invited to visit new shopping-warehouse with exclusive deals and demos

Auburn, WA – August 5, 2014 – Custom Plus Distributing and sister company manufacturers rep firm Oliver Marketing announce the grand opening of its fourth location on August 19th, to feature the unveiling of a new shopping-warehouse and showroom, limited time promotions, demos and other exclusive benefits for area integrators.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., guests can tour and shop the new San Jose warehouse, enjoy great food and experience the highlighted 4K Ultra HD Experience Demo Room by Sony. In addition, new products, demos and deals will be on-hand for brands such as: IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, ICE Cable Systems, Nest, APC, Sony, Onkyo, URC, Sanus, 2GIG, Russound, TiVo, ProControl, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, Panamax, Vivitek, Soundcast, EnGenius, Velodyne, and Atlona, amongst others.

“Attractions include a prize drawing for tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, a 42-inch television, remotes and other product from leading brands,” says Charity Hardwick, Custom Plus Distributing Director of Marketing. “Additionally, a free 49er jersey will be given away with purchase of a Sony 4K TV.”

Hardwick along with General Manager Mike Munger, Territory Manager Steven Ricks, Branch Manager Kevin Mitchel and Inside Sales Rep Peter Warren will all be on-hand to meet with dealers, provide warehouse tours, set-up accounts and answer questions.

Dealers, integrators, and other industry professionals are invited to attend the grand opening throughout the day. To register for the event, visit: https://sanjosecpd.eventbrite.com or email to: info@customplusdistributing.com

About Custom Plus Distributing
Established in 1996, Custom Plus Distributing is a leading Distributor covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Northern California and Nevada territories. Distributing over 65 brands and specializing in both car and home categories, CPD has three full-service warehouse locations in Auburn, WA, Beaverton, OR and Rancho Cordova, CA. CPD is also a founding member of Catalyst AV, a consortium of consumer electronics distributors which serve over 15,000 dealers nationwide.

Middle Atlantic Debuts Low Profile, Safety Certified Display Solutions

Fairfield, NJ––The new FlexView™ Series from Middle Atlantic provides AV integrators with display solutions that offer unmatched strength, mounting flexibility, aesthetics and user friendliness. A collection of display stands and carts ideal for corporate, hospitality and education environments, FlexView models feature a slim profile, contemporary design aesthetic and safety certification, offering hallmark Middle Atlantic strength and durability.

FlexView solutions feature the lowest profile display mount in the industry as well as a smaller base for unimpeded, up close display interaction. In addition, it enables mounting of larger displays than competitively-priced solutions currently available in the market, including most 90” screens with VESA 800 mounting or smaller.

Models are available with electric or manual display height adjustment for options in ergonomics and flexibility. FlexView solutions are also available in stationary or mobile configurations with rugged casters that provide long-lasting use and seamless maneuverability, even when wheeling over door thresholds.

FlexView options enable integrators to do more within a slim profile with features like the Lever Lock™ system for small component mounting and a locking easy-access door for quick maintenance. All carts and stands are integrator and end-user friendly with storage where it’s needed and useful options and accessories to provide more flexibility in customizing the solution to the application.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Masque Sound Returns to the Berkshire Mountains to Celebrate 60th Season of the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Efficient Custom Audio Package Features Dante-Enabled Equipment

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, AUGUST 4, 2014 — When the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts recently came alive for the 60th season of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, returned to celebrate its 11th season of providing audio equipment and services for the highly acclaimed summer theatre.

Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has been bringing together America’s finest actors, directors, designers and playwrights as they present a unique opportunity for artists and audiences alike to revisit classic plays with innovative, new productions. This summer, two internationally renowned powerhouse performers—soprano Renée Fleming and multiple award-winning actress, dancer and singer Chita Rivera—will make their respective Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage debuts. The festival’s 2014 season kicked off with the opening of June Moon on the Main Stage and A Great Wilderness on the Nikos Stage. Now playing on the Main Stage are Living on Love and The Visit, while Fool for Love and The Old Man and the Old Moon will round out the Nikos Stage’s summer productions.

To ensure a successful season, Masque Sound provided a comprehensive custom audio equipment package for each of the two stages’ three summer shows. “Prior to the season opening, we start from scratch and work with Masque Sound’s talented crew to map out and create what we envision for the season’s equipment packages,” says Ben Truppin-Brown, sound supervisor, Williamstown Theatre Festival. “This year, we installed a fairly comprehensive, overarching audio system, designed to provide a front end PA that will work across the board, adequately addressing the audio requirements for each of the six shows between the two spaces, while also taking into account the particular needs of each individual show. The challenge is that when one production ends, we only have 24 hours to changeover for the next show. Masque Sound did a great job in helping us lay out the general infrastructure, so that we could very easily drop in the additional components that we needed for the next production.”

New to the Williamstown Theatre Festival this year is the addition of Dante-enabled equipment to Masque Sound’s custom package. “Masque Sound has always been incredibly accommodating to our needs, and when we asked about using the Dante™-enabled equipment for this season, they were happy to oblige,” adds Truppin-Brown. “Using the Dante network makes the distribution of the signal unbelievably simple and efficient. It’s an amazing addition and one that we are thankful Masque Sound made possible for us.”

In addition to the Dante-enabled custom audio equipment package, Masque Sound is also once again managing frequency coordination for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The company’s expert wireless service team has been on-hand providing approximately 15 channels of wireless for the start of the summer and will be expanding to about 56 channels of wireless for the final two musicals.

The two main stages at the Williamstown Theatre Festival are equipped with an array of Meyer Sound and d&b audiotechnik speakers. The 511-seat Main Stage theatre features a Yamaha CL-5 Digital Mixing Console and the 173-seat Nikos Stage is equipped with a Yamaha CL1 console. All of the signal processing takes place digitally from the consoles to the Yamaha DME64 Digital Mixing Engine before breaking out to analog outputs. For wireless needs, Truppin-Brown utilized the Sennheiser 3000 series transmitters and receivers, supplementing it with Sennheiser SK 5012 and SK 5212 transmitters and EM 1046 receivers.

“One of the reasons why Masque Sound is such a reliable, well-respected company in the industry is because the crew offers a high-level of support to its customers, one that is unparalleled,” adds Truppin-Brown. “We produce shows of a high caliber, and we do it with a young, but talented, crew whose experience levels greatly vary. Equally as important as the production quality of the festival is the educational experience that we provide interns and staff. For most of the people on the Williamstown crew, this shop build was their very first. Masque Sound supports that educational mission through its staff’s willingness to teach and by allowing us to expose our crew to some of the best equipment available. It is an experience that I don’t think any other summer stock theatre can offer and that I don’t think any other shop can give. We could not be as successful as we are without Masque Sound, and we value our relationship with them.”

In addition to the two main stages, Masque Sound also provided custom audio equipment packages to the Goodrich Hall, for the festival’s cabaret performances; the Directing Studio’s workshop productions; and numerous rehearsal and performance spaces in and around the greater Williamstown area. To learn more about the Williamstown Theatre Festival, visit http://wtfestival.org/.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Almo Pro A/V Names Steve Rosenheim BDM for Content Creation Services

Almo Professional A/V Names Steve Rosenheim Business Development Manager for Content Creation Services

Philadelphia, PA — August 4, 2014 — Almo Professional A/V has hired Steve Rosenheim, CTS, DSCE as Business Development Manager with an exclusive focus on the distributor’s new Content Creation Services. The seventh member of Almo’s elite fleet of specialized Business Development Managers (BDMs), Rosenheim will be onsite to discuss Almo’s new services during the E4 Philadelphia Expo, a “bonus” E4 event taking place on August 15 at the Valley Forge Casino & Resort.

In his new role, Rosenheim is responsible for supporting Almo partners with all of their content creation needs, ranging from consultation on the proper content, technical support on the hardware, and the end result, which is the delivery of high quality digital signage content that exceeds the customer’s expectations.

“With a background in advertising combined with extensive time in audio visual integration, Steve is both creative and technically-savvy in his ability to support dealers with the powerful and recurring revenue system that content creation offers in digital signage applications,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “This new position is unique and greatly needed. Most integrators can engineer, purchase and install digital signage but very few can offer content creation services. Now our partners can resell our service and offer their customers a truly complete digital signage package.”

Prior to Almo, Rosenheim was Director of Sales at Net AV in Baltimore and Account Manager at AVI-SPL where he was responsible for prospecting new business, designing systems and training customers. He holds InfoComm CTS (Certified Technical Specialist) and DSCE (Digital Signage Certified Expert) accreditations.

About the E4 AV Tour
Now in its fifth year, the E4 tour continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of AV resellers, integrators and consultants. Credited as the industry’s most specialized one-day dealer event, E4 has traveled to countless cities around the country to serve the product, technical and business training needs of thousands of resellers and installers while creating the ideal forum for professional networking. The full tour continues in the fall with stops in Boston on October 3 and Washington, D.C. on October 17. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.
About Almo’s Business Development Managers
Almo’s highly specialized fleet of seven Business Development Managers bring a multitude of expertise, such as technical knowledge, system design assistance, in-depth brand/product knowledge, bid and project registration capability, and a direct line to all of the top manufacturers in the AV industry. No other distributor provides this level of support to its partners.

About Almo’s Content Creation Program
Almo is the first AV distributor to offer its own private label Content Creation Services Program. Designed for digital signage, interactive and video production, these services give Almo partners the ability to provide a true end-to-end AV solution for customers while they enjoy increased margins from the services revenue.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V provides the industry’s most advanced product distribution, training and education, and technical support options available for the Pro AV community. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, seven distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 888-420-2566 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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SET Expo 2014: FOR-A to Showcase Range of Video Solutions

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces it participation at the upcoming SET Expo 2014, taking place at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil from August 25-27. FOR-A will exhibit a variety of its popular solutions in booth E17, including its full 4K variable frame rate camera, video switchers, signal processors and multi viewers.

Among the highlights of FOR-A’s booth will be the highly regarded FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE will be demonstrated alongside FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system. The ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE operators to zoom in on and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.

FOR-A will also showcase a number of its popular video switchers, including the HVS-XT portable switcher series. Both the HVS-XT100, which comes with a separate main unit and control panel, and the HVS-XT110, which features a compact, integrated design, will be on display. FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher will also be shown. Offering unique capabilities that allow operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions, the cost-efficient switcher is widely used by broadcasters, houses of worship, education facilities and corporate video producers.

A variety of FOR-A’s signal processors will also be on display, including the award-winning FA-1010, which includes 10 video inputs and outputs and offers multi-channel routing between sources and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 and FA-9500 multi purpose signal processors will also be demoed at the show.

Other equipment to be shown by FOR-A includes the new MV-1620HSA multi viewer, a compact (1RU) but full-featured unit that includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

“This region is so important to FOR-A, and the SET Expo 2014 is a premier Latin American industry event,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “We look forward to exhibiting at this year’s show and displaying some of our newest and most in-demand solutions. A product I’m particularly looking forward to showcasing is our award-winning FA-1010 signal processor, which has proven itself to be a highly popular solution in the region.”

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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DVEO Launches Real Time, End to End Pro-MPEG FEC SMPTE 2022 Stand Alone Error Correcting Router for UDP or RTP Traffic

FEC Box IP IP

FEC Box IP IP

San Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will soon start shipping their new FEC (Forward Error Correction) device that catches and corrects bit errors in Internet transmissions. DVEO will debut the new FEC Box IP IP at Stand 2.A34 at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 12-16.

The FEC Box IP IP increases the reliability of UDP or RTP IP streams over lossy network transports, and alleviates jitter and packet loss introduced on WiFi, satellite, microwave, cellular, Internet, and other networks sensitive to noise. It is designed for video over IP, streaming live IP camera views, or any application where UDP/RTP audio-visual traffic is used and data loss is possible.

Forward Error Correction (FEC) is a method for finding and correcting errors in data transmissions. Extra data, called checksum packets, are added to the outgoing video stream so that errors can be corrected at the receiving end. The Pro-MPEG Forum, an association of broadcasters and content developers, adopted open standards for implementing FEC when transporting video over IP networks. The FEC Box IP IP is compatible with SMPTE 2022-1, -2, and -3 standards. This ensures high video quality and interoperability with other devices.

“The FEC Box IP IP alleviates dropped or scrambled bits, and it fixes dropped pixels and lines when transmitting video over noisy IP connections,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “It enables our customers to stream video or data with reliable delivery. It can also provide SMPTE 2022 based FEC compatibility to devices that don’t support it.”

The compact (4.5 inches/114 millimeters square) device is generally purchased in pairs — one at the transmitting end, and one at the receiving end. However, it also works with other Pro-MPEG compatible devices. To ensure compatibility with receivers that don’t support FEC, the internal structure of the transport stream itself is not modified.

The FEC Box IP IP supports IP UDP unicast and multicast, in or out, and supports both HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 encoded streams.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features — GNAT 1080p 60

  • Alleviates packet loss introduced on WiFi, satellite, microwave, cellular, Internet, and other networks sensitive to noise
  • Compatible with SMPTE 2022-1, -2, and -3 standards
  • Inputs/Outputs: UDP/RTP IP streams
  • Supports IP UDP unicast and multicast, in or out
  • Supports both HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 encoded streams
  • 10/100 Ethernet ports – switched for flexible use
  • Software updates can be performed via the Web GUI, or via the USB command stick
  • Will not alter the internal structure of the transport stream (PAT, PMT, etc.)
  • Tested for compatibility between other FEC equipped devices
  • Dimensions: 114 x 86 x 28 mm (4.48 x 3.38 x 1.12 inches)

Suggested Retail Price:
FEC Box IP IP (Usually sold in pairs): $1,195 U.S., each

DVEO and FEC Box IP IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

Biamp Systems Welcomes New Area Manager

Joshua Peterson joins growing global sales team as area manager for Northern Central North America

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 4, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the appointment of Joshua Peterson as an Area Manager in North America. Based in Minneapolis, Peterson will be responsible for leading and accelerating the growth of the expanding Biamp(R) business for Northern Central North America. more

Journey FOH Engineer on Meyer Sound LEO and LYON: “Music-In Translates to Music-Out”

Rock legends Journey and the Steve Miller Band are touring North America this summer with the Meyer Sound LEO™ Family of products, including the compact LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers launched this year. The equipment choice for the 40-city tour was driven in large part by Journey’s FOH engineer Jim Yakabuski, a former mixer for Avril Lavigne, Van Halen, and Matchbox Twenty. Tower of Power opens the show.

Yakabuski is especially impressed with the linear reproduction of the Meyer Sound system. “With LEO, I find that music-in translates to music-out,” he explains. “The tonality I heard from studio monitors during rehearsals is what I heard when I cranked up the full LEO system. What I find with other systems is a ‘coloring’ of the sound. You often have to adjust your system EQ or even your mixing style to compensate for the tonal quirks of the PA.”

Provided by VER Tour Sound, the system is based around dual main hangs of 12-each LEO-M line array loudspeakers with four LYON loudspeakers under each hang for down fill. Outfill hangs are 10 LYON loudspeakers each, while four MINA™ line array loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers are used for front fill. To maximize low-end impact for the audience and minimize undesired spill for the musicians on stage, dual flown cardioid arrays of nine-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements are supplemented by two cardioid ground stacks of three 1100-LFC loudspeakers each.

A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with six Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplies system delay and optimization. The system was designed by Yakabuski and VER’s Greg Mahler, who is system tech for the tour. Rob Kern is production manager.

“Journey’s music can get very busy in the midrange, and in some amphitheatres it can be hard to keep any space in the mix,” says Yakabuski. “With LEO’s amazing accuracy and clarity, I can create space that has a chance of making it through any muck the venue creates. It’s stunning how crystal clear the system sounds in outdoor venues.”

Although most shows take place outdoors, the tour has also included two arena shows. “It was a treat to hear this PA and Journey in my favorite concert conditions—arena rock,” continues Yakabuski. “The LEO system shines in arenas, with the top seats every bit as sonically pure as at the FOH position.”

Yakabuski mixes Journey on a DiGiCo SD5 digital console. The touring package also includes Sennheiser IEM systems and Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems.

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